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Pharmacy Mistake Lawsuits Can Happen to Anyone

June 12th, 2014

It happens more often than we think. The pharmacies that we trust to provide us with the medications that our physicians have prescribed for us end up giving an unsuspecting customer the wrong medication, often with disastrous results.

Find it hard to believe? In 2003, a large pharmacy chain in Deerfield, Illinois gave a woman being treated for breast cancer the right medication but at a dosage that was ten times the dose that had been prescribed by her doctor. The woman, a mother of three, suffered a cerebral hemorrhage and died a few years later.

In 2008 a Missouri woman who was pregnant suffered a miscarriage one month after her local chain pharmacy store provided her with a chemotherapy drug rather than the prenatal vitamin that had been prescribed.  Though the drug had made her nauseous and she experienced vomiting, she had assumed that her symptoms were morning sickness, and even after having suffered the miscarriage she continued to take the medication in hopes of getting pregnant again. It wasn’t until she called in a refill of the prescription that the mistake was caught by the pharmacy. By then not only had she lost the baby but is now at risk of developing solid tumors herself as a result of having taken Matulane, a drug prescribed for the treatment of Hodgkin’s disease. The medication interferes with both DNA development and cell growth.

And lest you think that those mistakes are old news and that the chain store has since put effective processes into place to prevent errors from happening again, just the other day the same pharmacy chain in a store located in Florida mixed up prescriptions, giving one patient’s medication to a woman who had been expecting to receive Buspirone.  The result was an allergic reaction that sent her home from work. The woman was fortunate in having suffered only minor effects, but the situation could have been much worse, and even fatal.

Pharmaceutical mistakes are very much on the rise. They fall into several different categories, including having a prescription bottle labeled correctly but filled with the wrong medication, filling the bottle with the correct medication at the incorrect dosage, filling the bottle with the correct medication but with the incorrect instructions, and giving medication to the wrong customer. Any of these mistakes can cause serious harm, and even death.

Every medication has its own purpose and is carefully prescribed by our physicians for a specific reason. The dosage is as important as the medication itself, as is taking the medication properly. Pharmacists go through years of schooling in order to understand the interactions and effects of the drugs that are prescribed, and it is part of their responsibility to detect errors in order to protect their patients. If you or someone you love has been injured as a result of proper care not being taken by a  pharmacy, then you may be entitled to seek compensation from those responsible.

 
     
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Gavin P. Lentz, Esq.
Bochetto & Lentz

Gavin Lentz (right) was selected as a "Super Lawyer" for 2006-2009 and 2010-2015 in New Jersey by Philadelphia Magazine. He has also been selected as a "Super Lawyer" by Philadelphia Magazine and the Legal Intelligencer in 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011 - 2015.

On September 16, 2002 Mr. Lentz was selected as one of the top 50 lawyers in Pennsylvania by the Legal Intelligencer.

He has made many television appearances, including on Fox News, The Today Show, Inside Edition, and The Phil Donahue Show.

Mr. Lentz is a member of the American Trial Lawyers Association and the Million Dollar Advocates Forum.

As a former prosecutor, he knows how to aggressively go after large pharmacy chains to prove the facts necessary to protect your loved one's rights.

 
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